STiFS Archive

STiFS8: Globally Distributed Testing for International Financial Systems

Dates: Sunday & Monday, May 1-2, 2011

Location: Orlando, FL

For the first time, STiFS is taking place outside of New York City and will be co-located with the STAREast Conference.  STiFS is grateful to SQE for providing support for the STiFS #8.

Both complex financial systems and the talent needed to test them have grown to span the globe. This leads to unprecedented management and technical problems to test system quality. Beyond a discussion about managing offshore test groups, we are interested in exploring how distributed test teams help (or hinder) the testing of software that support global financial markets.

  • Testing of financial systems such as:

    • International trading or banking systems

    • Foreign eXchange Currency conversion systems

    • International money transfer systems

    • Global securities pricing, investment modeling, and risk analysis

  • Dealing with timezone issues: Both a software problem, and a management problem

  • End of Day processing: When is it? Where is it?
  • Managing or working on a distributed test team

  • Exploratory testing/Peer testing in a distributed environment

  • Global test automation

  • Cultural dimensions and working with stakeholders of different cultural backgrounds

  • Technologies to aid remote testing, remote test management, and team communication

 

STiFS7: Testing Financial Models, Trading Algorithms, and Quantitative Strategies

Call for Participation

Dates: Sunday & Monday, March 21-22, 2010

Location: NYC

As Business and Technology continue to synthesize into a single discipline within Financial Services, business decisions are increasingly being made by complex software programs that use advanced mathematical formulas to calculate probabilities and predict market events. Typically, financial firms employ specially trained mathematicians to build quantitative software modules to process these calculations. These core software systems have become fundamental in aligning IT with the business and is a key driver for business results.

Competent testing of these complex systems is vital to the business, and is an important area of focus for professional software testers.

We are interested in hearing about your experiences in testing these systems, for example:

  • Algorithms as a Black Box
  • Integration with algorithms
  • Strategy Backtesting
  • Testing Calculation Engines (pricing, quotes, analytics, “greeks”, etc.)
  • Building test models of financial models
  • Exploratory Testing of financial strategies
  • Testing quant applications with/without expected results
  • Testing control systems and decision engines
  • Working with Quants
  • Organizational/Environmental/Cultural perspectives

STiFS6: Visibility and Transparency of Testing within Financial Services Firms

Out of the Shadows and Into the Spotlight:
Visibility and Transparency of Testing within Financial Services Firms

Date:Sunday & Monday, November 2-3, 2008

Location: Liquidnet, NYC

Facilitator: Scott Barber

Participants: Scott Barber, Bernie Berger, Yuri Chernak, Ross Collard, Tim Coulter, Mike Dwyer, Yaron Kottler, Bill Lindeman, Joe Lopez, Harry Robinson, Anna Royzman, Christelle Scharff, Peter Schrijver, Will Skinner, Ben Weber, Greg Ziegler

With the recent economic slowdown surrounding the financial community, it is more important that ever for QA/Test departments at financial firms to exhibit their added value to the organization.

Join us in a discussion about experiences in improving the visibility and transparency of QA/Testing within financial environments.

We are interested in hearing your stories about your attempts (successful, or otherwise) to improve the visibility and transparency of the QA/Test function in your organization, specifically:

  • getting the business to appreciate your contributions to the project

  • explaining technical testing issues using business terminology

  • justifying the testing function to senior management

  • explaining test priorities, estimates, and schedules to project managers

  • building 2-way communication bridges with the relevant stakeholders

    • development

    • traders, sales, data quality, or other client-facing users.

    • business analysts

    • quants

    • deployment & production support

    • executive management

  • demonstrating value and accountability

  • building team confidence and reputation

STiFS5: Getting Business Knowledge into the heads of Testers

STiFS 5: Dec 2-3 2007, Liquidnet, NYC

Getting Business Knowledge into the heads of Testers

Scott Barber, Yuri Chernak, Tim Coulter, John Konya, Hank Kramer, Jacques Lasowsky, Lorin Lifshin, Bill Lindeman, Joe Lopez, Srini Masanam, Dave Rabinek, Anna Royzman, Christelle Scharff, Ben Simo, Brian Tally, Bernie Berger, Ben Weber

STiFS4: Para-Functional testing of Financial Systems

Date: June 24-25, 2007
Location: Pace University, NYC

Facilitator:
Jon Bach

Participants:

Jon Bach, Scott Barber, David Rabinek, Ben Weber, Greg Ziegler, Joe Lopez, Bill Lindeman, Hank Kramer, Eric Ballentine, Ross Collard, Tim Coulter, Jacques Lasowsky, Frank Legaretta, Lorin Lifshin, Betsy Lopata, Lee Mesnekoff, Bernie Berger, Christelle Scharff

STiFS4 is supported by the Association for Software Testing

Experiences in Para-Functional testing of Financial Systems: How we test beyond functionality validation

Join us in a discussion of how to increase the effectiveness of “System Testing” of Financial Systems. With ever increasing data that financial systems need to process with ever increasing speed, a serious challenge to software testers is testing the performance, load, and reliability of financial systems, at the same time as checking the behavior of its functions for bugs. As the efficiency of the financial markets continues to increase, so does the importance of para-functional testing of financial software applications.

STiFS is a 2-day facilitated meeting of software testers and other QA professionals who work in financial services firms. It is a neutral forum to share, debate, and develop ideas on how to improve the testing of financial software. The goal and the focus of the meeting is development of ideas and solutions to be used by working testers, test managers, and consultants.

 

STiFS3: Testing real-time financial systems

Date: December 3-4, 2006
Location: [email protected] Headquarters, NYC

Facilitator: Mike Kelly

Participants: Mike Kelly, Bernie Berger, Larry Cohen, Ross Collard, Joe Hallett, Frank Legaretta, Bill Lindeman, Joe Lopez, Lee Mesnekoff, Dave Rabinek, Chritelle Scharff, Tom Tavar, Ben Weber

STiFS3 is supported by the Association for Software Testing

Join us in a discussion of how to increase the effectiveness of testing software systems that process business-critical financial data in real-time. The third meeting of the Software Testing in Financial Services Workshop (STiFS3) will take place on Sunday, December 3rd and Monday, May 4th, 2006 at the offices of [email protected], NYC.

STiFS is a 2-day facilitated meeting of software testers and other QA professionals who work in financial services firms. It is a neutral forum to share, debate, and develop ideas on how to improve the testing of financial software. The goal and the focus of the meeting is development of ideas and solutions to be used by working testers, test managers, and consultants.

STiFS2: Implementing agile software testing methods within financial organizations

May 7-8, 2006
[email protected] Headquarters, NYC

Facilitator: Scott Barber

Participants: Scott Barber, Mike Kelly, Bernie Berger, Bob Jarvis, Bill McKendry, Debra Goodman, Larry Cohen, Dave Rabinek, Cristelle Scharff, Ben Weber, Frank Legarreta, Paul Carvalho

Call for Participation

  • How can you introduce agile techniques into a large bureaucratic setting?
  • What technical and political issues need to be addressed?
  • How can we tell if agile methods are better than “traditional” methods?
  • Are agile testing techniques an effective method to use to pass business regulatory audits? How?

 

STiFS1: Software Testing Experiences Unique to Financial Services Applications

October 30-31, 2005
[email protected] headquarters, NYC

Facilitator: Scott Barber

Participants:

  • Scott Barber
  • Bernie Berger
  • Anita Brewer
  • Paul Carvalho
  • Ross Collard
  • Robin Goldsmith
  • John Konya
  • Jacques Lasowsky
  • Sergey Morozov
  • David Rabinek
  • Christelle Scharff
  • Ed Solomon
  • Tom Staab
  • Ben Weber
  • Greg Ziegler
 

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